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: california finally has a surplus. in november he said he had a deficit of $2 billion. he stands by that number but says -- >> it is roughly in balance. >> the difference in numbers is small and that the government's plan shows discipline. >> he should be commended for the plan. >> paying down debt and strengthsenning education are the right -- strengthening education are the right choices for california. >> reporter: he says another area of agreement is how quickly the governor's budget's numbers could fly. >> the biggest risk could come next month and that is from washington, d.c. in what the government chooses to do or not to do. >> reporter: if washington fails to act on the debt ceiling the national economy could -- [no audio] >> reporter: because of the potential risks to our state budget that is one reason they say they want to create that $1 billion reserve and where the budget stands, that will be better known in may when we will know if the surplus has grown. ken pritchett, ktvu channel 2 news. >>> 49er fans are looking forward to a huge game this weekend. if they win
to the deficit. our washington d.c. bureau spoke with california senator barbara boxer today about the prospects for action in a politically polarized capital. >> how do we get it done? you just keep on pushing and pushing. how did we ever get the right to vote for women? it took a long time. you know, the president said something that is so right. he said change doesn't happen unless the people get behind it. >> barbara boxer served 20 years in the senate and before that 10 years in the house. she admits congress has a reputation for gridlock, not action, but boxer notes she managed to pass a hard fought highway and transportation bill in part through the support of her constituents. she believes that strategy will work for gun safety. >> so we know if 90% of the people are behind background checks and they start ringing these phones off the hook here, we'll get background checks. >> boxer says she'll work with fellow california senator dianne feinstein on a tougher gun safety measure, a ban on assault weapons. boxer said gun safety and the economy are front burner issues, but she'd like to see
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